Velasquez and Kongo are a couple of heavyweights who both have their eyes on the championship belt. Kongo has an impressive 14-4-1 record, including 7-2 in the UFC, while Velasquez is a youngster who's 5-0 in his MMA career.
The Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez fight will start at 4:50 PM ET, and the live blog begins below.
Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez:
They're making their way to the Octagon. Kongo on the way out first. Both fighters are now in the Octagon.
Round 1: This fight is underway. Good jabs from Kongo. Cain was hurt but then he got the takedown. Now Cain is landing some punches. Cain is landing some solid shots on Kongo on the ground. Cain has side control, this is not where Kongo wants to be at all. Full mount now for Cain. Kongo is in big trouble as Cain tries to sink in a choke. Kongo is out of the choke but now Cain is on top of him punching him. They get back up but Cain takes Kongo right back down. Cain lands a couple punches, so does Kongo. Cain has really controlled this fight on the ground. Kongo is absorbing a lot of punishment here. Cain is a beast, he's really landing a lot of hard punches. Kongo lands an elbow, but Cain comes back with more punches on the top. Kongo gets up but Cain slams him back down. Kongo's ground game is simply not good enough to fight a skilled wrestler like Cain. Kongo just wants to hold on and survive the round. Tough first round that I give to Velasquez, 10-9.
Round 2: Kongo misses with a jab. Cain lands a punch and then Kongo hurts Cain with a big punch. But now they're back on the ground. Cain takes Kongo to the ground. Cain is just dominating when they get to the ground. Kongo has no answer on the ground at all. Cain is completely destroying Kongo on the ground. Kongo is showing a lot of heart just holding on here, but Cain is really beating him badly. Kongo has no answer at all. Another easy round for Velasquez, 10-9.
Round 3: Kongo is going to need a knockout to win this fight. Kongo landed a good punch, but Cain got inside, and that's where Kongo doesn't want to be. Now Kongo takes Velasquez down. Cain is bleeding from a hard punch from Kongo, but he's still dominating the fight on the ground. Cain is totally destroying Kongo on the ground and Kongo just has to get back up. Kongo had a real chance to hurt Cain standing up but now Cain has taken the fight back down. Now Cain is in side control with 90 seconds to go. Kongo probably lost his last, best chance. Cain is in full mount and raining punches down. This fight is over. I'll be shocked if it's not a unanimous decision for Cain Velasquez.
Cain Velasquez beats Cheick Kongo by unanimous decision.
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